Jim’s WebLetter for 11/19/16

Hi-ya Facebook fans, Google Earth people and Microsoft users!

I have a few things for you to read from what I discovered this week on the Web.

Recently, Facebook has made the news for all the fake news stories that have appeared in its pages (i.e., “Breaking News” that wasn’t). Vowing to curb and even end it, Mark Zuckerberg is working to make news on Facebook 100% credible. http://www.recode.net/2016/11/19/13684280/facebook-fake-news-solution-zuckerberg 

We might remind Mark that we didn’t have this issue when he had credible news people on his payroll. He fired them stating that his computer algorithms would provide news culled from different reliable sources.  

Guess what? Yea, that didn’t work so well. As a result he’s had to defend Facebook from accusations of tainting the elections this year. Whether or not it did, the point is you will still see some of this mess showing up on your page.

I bring this up because there are some things Facebook users can do to help ensure news stories that are shown are, in fact, coming from reliable sources.  

Facebook’s “News Feed preferences” lets you set which accounts’ posts you see as soon as you log in. Also, Facebook’s “Ad Preferences” control panel gives you a good idea of what ads you can expect to see based on your interests, and lets you adjust those interests accordingly. For more pointers on fixing your account, read and heed this article from Mashable … http://mashable.com/2016/11/18/facebook-hacking-newsfeed-well-rounded/?utm_cid=hp-hh-pri#fmVpEqyMqqqQ

I remember when Google released Earth for everyone to explore and enjoy. The beauty of the website was you can access it from any browser, open it and look for any city, any land mass on the entire globe, zoom in and see images taken by satellite. I remember looking for and finding my house on the block of my neighborhood when we lived in Jacksonville, Florida. When we planned to take a trip to London, I used Google Earth to figure out where we would be staying and where nearby sights were we wanted to see. Well, Google has further perfected the App to include virtual reality. For HTC Vive headset users, the world is yours using Google Earth VR. This article from Make Use Of includes a video showing its capabilities which takes vacation planning to the next level. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-earth-vr-virtual-vacation/

You know what’s new about Windows 10? A new Paint. Known as Paint 3D, it marks the first real improvement to the app since it came out with the first Windows operating system. While this is not a highly advanced drawing program, it does give its user the ability to get started with real 3D graphics. https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/18/paint-3d/


Facebook now offers Safety Checks for its users, and Amazon adds web services to its Work Spaces … this and more in WebLetter Magazine. http://web.jimonline.com


That’s it this week. Have a great weekend, a happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you and keep you safe.


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